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How to Disable That Annoying Spotify Pop-Up in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 10-05-2017

In Windows 8, Microsoft added a volume slider that appears in the top-left corner of your screen whenever you change the volume. While this is useful for those on a touchscreen, it’s annoying to see it every time you adjust the volume.


Recently, Windows 10 started doing something even more annoying: if you pause or adjust the volume when you’re playing music from Spotify, a big pop-up appears showing the name of the current song and its album art. While you might find this useful, it takes up a pretty big chunk of the screen and broadcasts your music to anyone looking at your screen.

Spotify only recently released a setting to let you tweak this behavior The 8 Best Tools to Tweak and Customize Windows 10 Want to give your PC a unique look? Learn how to customize Windows 10 with these powerful tweak tools that cover your every need. Read More . To access it, pop open Spotify and go to Edit > Preferences. Scroll down to the bottom of the options list, and under Display Options, disable the slider for Show desktop overlay when using media keys. This will hide both the volume slider and song information window next to it.

It’s great that Spotify finally update to remove this. You might like the popup, as it lets you quickly see what song is playing without opening the main Spotify window. But if you find it just gets in the way, removing it just takes a simple setting change.

Didn’t know this trick? Check out other ways to improve Spotify How to Restore the Best Features Spotify Has Removed Spotify may be the best music streaming service available, but it has shed a few features in recent years. Find out how to get the best lost features of Spotify back for good. Read More .


Do you like this music popup, or are you happy to disable it? Let us know your preference in the comments!

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Related topics: Spotify, Troubleshooting, Windows 10.

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  1. Kevin
    June 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you! Worked. Note: after disabling this setting, I had to close Spotify and reopen it for the setting change to take full effect.

  2. boorish bear
    May 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    thanks!! now i don't need to be embarrassed in front of my family when an album has a stupid, inappropriate cover image. cool!

  3. FreePanther
    February 19, 2019 at 3:51 am

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! :) Every time I would be working on something and then change the volume it wouldn't go away for the longest time, then to make it worse my mouse would go over it and it would stay around even longer and I just couldn't figure out how to get rid of it. Believe me I tried and with no success I may add, luckily you came along and figured out how to do it.
    - So thanks :)

    • Ben Stegner
      February 19, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      You're welcome. I like the idea of this in theory, because being able to see the artist/song at a glance is handy. But it gets in the way more often than not.

  4. Sam
    June 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you! That stupid popup kept moving my mouse and when I clicked to shoot while playing a game I instead set to volume to max, very annoying!

    • Ben Stegner
      June 28, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Ah, I know what you mean! I kind of like the pop-up because it makes it easy to see what's playing without switching desktops, but I feel like it's almost always right in the way of what I want to click.

  5. Ken
    November 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I really like that feature. but like most things these days the software does not give enough options for individual configuration of features. it's a trend that I don't agree with because everyone is different.